Kuninokuizamochi

Kuninokuizamochi

Kuninokuizamochi (国之久比奢母智神 – Land’s Dipper Holder) is mentioned in the Kojiki as a child of Hayaakitsuhime and Hayaakitsuhiko, the Estuary Spirits. They were the eighth and last born to them with their name indicative of an area lower down than Amenokuizamochi (Heaven’s Dipper Holder).

Their siblings are Aha Nagi, Awa Nami, Tsuranagi, Tsuranami, Amenomikumari, Kuninomikumari and Amenokuizamochi.1

The Nihongi does not give a name to this deity, simply stating:

Izanagi and Izanami then produced the sea, the rivers, and then the mountains, after the Eightfold Isles.2

Footnotes

1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press.
2. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to AD697”. Tuttle Publishing.

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